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    Alt coins,  Asia & Australia,  Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Ethereum,  Litecoin,  Media

    Must-reads for Nov. 6, 2018: Bitfury’s billion, crypto’s energy costs, and Pomp get dumped

    Billionaire Novogratz Invests in Cryptocurrency Firm Bitfury (Bloomberg) Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital has joined Naver Group of Korea in an $80 million round of funding for Bitfury. The company “sells gear used to mine cryptocurrencies and develops blockchain technology for clients including the Ukrainian government,” notes Bloomberg’s Ruben Munsterman and Ruth David. That puts its valuation above $1 billion. “If it conducts the IPO in the next two years, Bitfury will seek a valuation of $3 billion to $5 billion,” concluded Munsterman and David.   Quantification of energy and carbon costs for mining cryptocurrencies (Nature) Another day, another Nature study on the impact of cryptocurrency mining. A week ago, the…

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    Africa,  Asia & Australia,  Bitcoin,  Media,  United States

    Must-reads for October 31, 2018: #MeToo goes blockchain in China, U.S. gov’t and Bitcoin, and Africa’s hope in DLT

    Chinese Activists Are Using Blockchain to Document #MeToo Stories (Harvard Business Review) Censors in China cracked down on women sharing their experiences on social media of being sexually harassed. In response, some began putting their stories into a blockchain ledger. That raises some tough questions, however, because the stories become immutable. “What do libel suits look like when records can’t be deleted from the blockchain? What about the “right to be forgotten” that is built into privacy policy in some countries?” asks MIT’s Catherine Tucker and Harbin Institute of Technology’s Yudan Pang.   EY Reveals Zero-Knowledge Proof Privacy Solution for Ethereum (CoinDesk) Accounting firm EY (what, they’re too cool to…

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    Asia & Australia,  Bitcoin,  Innovators,  Media,  Ripple,  XRP

    Must-reads for October 26, 2018: Crypto’s pay-to-play, Coinbase cuts, and other stories

    We Asked Crypto News Outlets If They’d Take Money to Cover a Project. More Than Half Said Yes (Breaker) This is the little article burning up the cryptosphere today. Corin Faife of The Breaker posed as a Moscow-based public relations agency and contacted several crypto news sites, asking them if he could pay for favorable articles on their website. “Of the 22 outlets who replied conclusively, 12 of them—more than half the total—were willing to publish paid content without disclosing it as such,” Faife writes. The sites that were willing to take money were: CryptoNinjas Cointelligence Coinsepeaker CryptoPotato Blokt BTCManager Coinidol AMB Crypto Globalcoinreport Cryptovest Bitcoinist NewsBTC Keep that in…

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    Asia & Australia,  Bitcoin,  Ethereum,  Media,  Tether

    Must-reads for October 24, 2018: New cryptophone, ETF advocates meet SEC, and more Tether drama

    HTC launches its blockchain-focused phone, but you can only buy it in cryptocurrency (CNBC) The new Exodus 1 phone ban be bought for 0.15 BTC or 4.78 ETH—but you can’t buy it with fiat. “The Exodus 1 comes with a secure enclave — a secluded area on the phone’s chip kept separate from the Android operating system (OS) it runs on — that uses technology made by SoftBank’s Arm Holdings to keep a customer’s cryptocurrency safe,” writes CNBC’s Ryan Browne.   SEC Publishes Memorandum From Meeting on SolidX, VanEck BTC ETF Proposal (CoinTelegraph) The meeting occurred October 9. Besides SolidX and VanEck, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) was also…